Tours: Mame et Cie, 1849. Twelvemo, [iv] 1-140 pp. Paper boards lithographed and embossed in white, blue, and gilt, with a central gilt medallion to upper board depicting a girl reading a book, and a central floral medallion in white, blue, and gilt to lower board. Gilt and white paper dentelles, engraved frontispiece.
Early edition of this inspirational parable of a boy who overcomes adversity through faith, part of the “Bibliothèque de la Jeunesse Chrétienne" series published by Alfred-Henry-Armand Mame for young readers. The volume is most notable for its elaborate lithographed paper-gilt binding, an example of the “cartonnage romantique" style so popular in nineteenth-century France. Text in French. A fine example of a highly decorative devotional gift book.